Both the good news and the bad …
There is no rescuer coming, no “Prince Charming” or “Domly Dom Superhero.” There is no perfect woman or submissive just over the horizon either …
Happiness is, and always has been, an inside job.
My recipe includes the wilderness and running. And, as always, a liberal amount of coffee. A splash of quality tequila is optional.
Corsets are very finicky, very fitted, very individualized garments, so even more so than other pieces you might encounter in costume-making. As such you should always make a mock-up before cutting into your fancy fabric with a pattern that may not fit.
That said, corsets are a pain in the ass to put together so doing a full and proper mock-up is also a pain in the ass. A proper corset has at least two layers, with boning channels, with (preferably) steel boning cut to size for each channel. Aka lots of work just for a test fit. Not everyone has the time to do this 2-3 times, so we take a few shortcuts.
Some corset mock-up hacks to save time and tears:
Instead of cutting your steel, capping it, and possibly finding out you’ve cut it the wrong size (and wasting it!), use plastic heavy duty zipties. Durability doesn’t matter if all you’re doing is testing the fit. Your local hardware store and Amazon sells them. Instead of making a multi-layer mock up with real boning channels to stick my zip ties in, I get super macguyver and tape them to the inside of the corset, along the seamlines where they would normally go. Masking tape is good for this because it will usually stick to muslin but can be peeled off a bit when I’m making adjustments. Just make sure you tape it carefully, along the full pressed out length of the seam. Putting in real grommets to do the lacing in the back is a waste of my time and 10 cents a grommet. Instead I bought a yard of premade heavy coutil eyelet tape and basted it into the back. It lets me lace up the test and then I can just seamrip it back off. (Grab your own here)